SRINAGAR: All eyes are set on Governor N N Vohra as to whether he would terminate the five appointees who used their political influence to secure top posts in various government departments during previous PDP-BJP government.
The five appointees, who are serving as directors of prestigious institutions continue to hold their positions and seem to be in no mood to step-down. Now that the Governor has already decided to ensure transparency in the system, what remains to be seen is whether he would take action against the five favourites of the PDP-BJP.
Various departments of the government have last year appointed those close to PDP and BJP leaders without any advertisement or specifying the recruitment rules under which they were hired. The five people who managed top posts are Peer Ghulam Nabi, Mohd Iqbal Lone, Kahkashan Anjum, Shakti Singh and R K Mahindroo.
The Technical Education Department on September 8 last year appointed Peer Ghulam Nabi as Consultant, designated as Mission Coordinator for J&K Skill Development Mission for a period of one year “which is extendable”.
Nabi, however, was engaged as Mission Director J&K Skill Development Mission in the same month after 11 days on September 19 without following any recruitment rules.
The Planning Development and Monitoring department has hired Shakti Singh Jamwal as consultant in May last year for two years.
As per the official order, Jamwal “will assist the Chief Secretary/ Financial Commissioner in matters of Pragati related issues, coordination regarding land acquisition of Railways and National Highways projects and resolution of bottle-necks, implementation of Prime Minister’s financial management system under various schemes, resolution of issues of major development projects, monitoring of PMDP”.
A retired KAS officer, R K Mahindroo was appointed as consultant for three months for drafting Act and rules of Goods and Services Tax.
Iqbal Lone was appointed as Commissioner, Disability and Kahkashan Anjum was appointed as State Engagement Officer for J&K at NSDC National Skill Development Corporation.
As no advertisements were made, it appears that these appointments were made illegally by the ministers of these departments following policy of nepotism and backdoor. These appointments created backlash against the PDP-BJP government which vowed during elections campaigns in 2014 to “eradicate corruption and strengthen accountability and transparency in governance”.
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